A startling amount of news from the beat writers and analysis from bloggers today. Inge likes catching, Cabrera at first base, and more.
Brandon Inge is just too fascinating to resist. The very different views of his defense, the despair over his offense, the sympathy and lack of sympathy over his plight to get traded, his early season success while essentially being a full time player the first 25 games, people clamoring for Inge to return to third base, it’s the gift that keeps on giving for bloggers. Now it appears that Inge thinks catching is cool.
Inge said Tuesday that he still prefers to play third base — “my first love” — and that a chance to play at third regularly could persuade him to play elsewhere.
“Yeah, yeah, I’m not gonna lie,” Inge said, “but I’m good with the catching, too. I don’t like sitting.
“And I love Detroit. I love everything about it.”
It’s quite the shift from his stance this spring when he was catching and complaining about it, and doing it enough to draw ire from me. He later backed off those statements when it became clear Vance Wilson wouldn’t be breaking camp with the team.
Jim Leyland is personally feeding the JUGS machine to make sure Miguel Cabrera knows how much the skipper wants him to succeed.
“There is no way, shape or form that I will ever back down — ever — from moving Cabrera to first base,” Leyland said. “That is Cabrera’s position. There is no doubt in the history of baseball that is his position. I will argue it with anybody. That is where he needs to play, and he should be outstanding.”
That’s quite the statement. I don’t know exactly what the part about the history of baseball means, but it sounds good. The only quibble I have is that Cabrera’s best defensive trait is his arm, which becomes non-existent at first.
Detroit Tigers Thoughts points me towards a Baseball America article
reporting that the Tigers have signed Chao-Ting Tang from Taiwan. I didn’t know the Tigers were scouting that side of the globe, but I’m encouraged that they still continue to invest in R & D even when the big pleague payroll is at record highs.
Mack Avenue Tigers goes back in time as people lament the fact that Jair Jurrjens is tearing up the NL while the Tigers are searching for quality starting pitching. Kurt is dead on when he points out where would Jurrjens fit in the rotation? He’d be taking Galarraga’s spot.
The answer is, as the top remaining prospect, he’d already have replaced Dontrelle Willis. Armando Galarraga did that, and he did that quite well. So we have to advance the question: Would you be calling for Galarraga, some guy in the minors with sorta middling stats, to replace Robertson or Rogers? Would you have the gall to have him replace Justin Verlander or Jeremy Bonderman? I highly doubt that. So either way, what has to happen is the four horses the Tigers have must perform. Anyone who thinks one of those guys is going to lose his job is kidding themself.
Jurrjens is a decent bet to outperform Galarraga in the long haul. And it would be nice to have Jurrjens to slot into Kenny Rogers spot next year. But not having Jurrjens hasn’t been the problem this year.
Some fantastic work by Detroit Tiger Tales as he does a study to look at the concept of pitchers pitching to the score. It’s the reason often attributed for Jack Morris’s high ERA. Lee shows which pitchers see a bump or decrease in performance in close games versus blowouts and finds that Morris is pretty typical.